CIM Distinguished Service Medal

For meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry

Origins & Conditions


This award was inaugurated by the 1956-1957 CIM Council for distinguished or meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry, of a nature not necessarily technical or scientific.  

  1.  The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  2. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members and forwarded to the Executive Director of the Institute by December 1st of the year prior to the presentation of the award.
  3. Every nomination must be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for the award.
  4. The nominations shall be submitted to a special Committee composed of the last three (3) living Past Presidents and the President, who shall be the convener of the Committee, which will report its recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.
  5. The report received by the Chief Executive Officer shall be presented to CIM Council for consideration and approval not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next CIM Convention.
  6. The members of the Committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  7. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.
  8. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  9. Nominees must be CIM National Members.



Tim Skinner

Tim Skinner graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1974 with a Bachelor of Mathematics. He has over 35 years in mining and minerals processing with Cominco, Fording Coal, NYCO Minerals, and Elk Valley Coal. His experience has focused on digital technology and systems for information, operational, real time control, and advanced automation. He retired as general manager, information systems for Elk Valley Coal in 2007, and is now president of his own consulting practice, SMART Systems Group.

Skinner is an active volunteer and passionate supporter of advancing computing and automation in mining.  Tim has been a CIM Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the Surface Mining Association for Research and Technology, and chair of Canada’s ISO (International Standards Organization) TC82 Mining Mirror Committee.  He is currently International Chair of ISO TC82 Subcommittee8 Advanced Automated Mining Systems, and is a Canadian expert for ISO mining automation standards.


Malcolm Scoble

Malcolm Scoble is a professor of mining engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has been a dedicated member and supporter of CIM and its branches in Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Montreal, and Vancouver since the 1960s. Among prior awards are CIM’s Fellowship (1994) and Distinguished Lecturer Award (1996). In 2012 he was awarded the Inaugural Gold Medal for distinguished service by the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.      

He grew up in the West Country of England, attracted by the history and technology of its underground tin and copper mining. This led to bachelor, masters and PhD degrees at the Camborne School of Mines, Leicester University, and Nottingham University. He is a professional engineer in B.C. and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

He has held terms as the head of the mining departments at both McGill and UBC. His teaching and research evolved over his career from surface and underground mining technology to mining automation. In the last decade, however, he has been devoted to promoting Sustainable Mining with its communities.

Scoble’s teaching has focused mainly on aspects of mine planning and design, automation, IT and geomechanics. His research evolved from surface and underground rock mechanics, to mine automation, and more recently to sustainable development and mining communities. To date he has supervised 32 Ph.D and 29 master’s research students to completion.

Scoble has worked in various mines as a mining engineer on research and consulting projects in Portugal, UK, Australia, Africa, North and South America, and China.